John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He and Paul Mccartney eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. The Beatles. And if you don’t know who The Beatles are then well, I don’t really know where to begin, or what to say to someone as uneducated as you. Probably one of the biggest and most influential bands to ever grace this Earth. They were pretty big. After years of Beatles fame, Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later released songs with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. Why the beatles split who can say, a lot of people point the finger at Yoko, but who can really say what was going on. On December 8, 1980, he was murdered, shot in the head by Mark David Chapman.
Now there’s no doubt that John Lennon left his mark on the world. He was a man who represented peace and love. Also the fact he was in one of the biggest musical bands of all time. People see him as a legend. And to be honest I agree, he was a great advocate of the idea of peace in the world. The music he made within his lifetime was superb. I mean everyone has got at least one Beatles song they like come on. However, if you look closer into his life, he really was a very different guy. Here’s the other side of John Lennon you might have not known before.
Lennon Was Abusive
Yep, Lennon was abusive. His first wife (before Yoko), Cynthia, claimed he was a controlling bully who physically abused her. Apparently Lennon bullied Cynthia into taking LSD, controlled her appearance, mocked her, hit her and verbally assaulted her. Cynthia received little money after the divorce, unfair considering he was loaded. Then after all that, he left her for another woman, enter Yoko Ono. (Yoko and Cynthia actually got on very well even then and after Cynthia passed, Yoko gave a tribute to her. How lovely is that?)
Yoko Ono sadly also got his abusive side. Lennon was controlling to her too, following her everywhere she went. “According to Ono, Lennon made her do this because he feared that she would run off with someone else (specifically, another Beatles member) if she were left alone during the time it took to answer nature’s call.” Oh. I also forget to mention that John Lennon also cheated on Yoko while she was in the very next room. Classy.
When Lennon and Cynthia divorced, Lennon left his first son, Julian, when was just a toddler. Julian didn’t see Lennon for two years as a child. There was however one nice guy who came to the rescue: Paul McCartney, who wrote ‘Hey Jude’ for Julian, to make him feel better about his parents’ divorce.
He was also emotionally abusive to his son Jules. After those two years apart, Lennon severely emotionally abused his son. He would berate him and scream at him until Julian was reduced to tears. “Once, Julian giggled and Lennon shouted back, “I hate the way you fucking laugh!” Julian was not yet a teenager at the time. In perhaps the saddest statement ever made about Lennon”. Julian has even said that Paul McCartney was more of a father to him than John Lennon was.
He often made up lies about himself, to make himself look better. Now a lot of artists and people in the media can be accused of it. Like Kim Kardashian denying having a fake butt…yeah I know. But things like pretending he was working class, when he was actually raised in a stable middle class environment. Also pretending like he wasn’t married during his early years of fame. When he came back into the public eye before his death, he quoted that he’d had been spending time baking bread and being a stay-at-home dad. When in reality, he had been living in a “drug-induced haze” most of the time.
Furthermore, all these claims of him being an active role model was a sham. He never actually did much to promote the whole peace and love thing. Most of Lennon’s reputation as a political activist is based on photos of him with ‘60s radicals and his own statements from interviews and such. He never actually did anything whatsoever of note politically, and most of the radicals he cultivated thought he was ignorant. There were things he did do, like giving money and publicity to violent groups like the Black Panthers. So all in all, it’s nothing great.
All in all, none of knew John Lennon personally. We don’t really know his true story, maybe he was a total dickhead. But, maybe there was something more there. Don’t get me wrong I love his music, but music doesn’t define the goodness within a person really does it.